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Mariko Kitakubo

Born in Tokyo.
Living in Mitaka-city, Tokyo
Japan Writers' Association,
Japan PEN Club,
Association of Contemporary Tanka Poets,
Japan Tanka Poets' Society,
Tan-Ku Co-Founder,
Tanka Society of America.

In commemoration of
15 years of tanka reading
The Latest Tanka Sequence
Original Tanka presented at
Spoken World Live

Contemprary Tanka Poet Mariko Kitakubo.

On October 8, 2023, I was delighted to have been invited to participate in a poetry reading event organized by NVHA at the Nick Virgilio Writers House in Camden, NJ.

Alongside Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji, I presented a selection of pieces from the Tan-Ku collection "DISTANCE" with percussion for approximately 20 minutes.

It was an honor for me to have the opportunity to introduce the Tan-Ku collection to the poetry community on the East Coast of the United States.


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Monday, October 9, 2023


I am in the United States to attend a reading event at Nick Virgilio Writers House in Camden, New Jersey on October 8th. Along with Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji, I'll be one of the featured poets in the event.

On my second day in the U.S. on October 4th, I received a wonderful suggestion from haiku poet Mr. Henry Brann to participate in an open mic reading at Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Most of the attendees at the Kelly Writers House event were young university or graduate students. It was an honor to present a tanka reading in both Japanese and English. Some of them were even moved to tears as they heard Tanka for the first time.


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Saturday, October 7, 2023

I am excited to share that NVHA has invited me to be a featured poet at their upcoming reading event in Camden on October 8th.

It has been five years since my last reading performance, which was for the Spring 2018 rebuild event.

I am truly grateful for this opportunity to introduce Tan-Ku, a book I co-authored with Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji.

*NVHA: Nick Virgilio Haiku Association

The event will be live-streamed from Instagram at @nickvirgiliowritershouse.




Thursday, September 21, 2023

My English tanka poem was published in the Tanka Society of America 2022 Members' Anthropology, "One Moment at a Time."

I express my sincere gratitude to Mr. Jim Chessing, the editor of the magazine, and to Ms. Kathabela Wilson for sending a copy via airmail to me.





you were
named after
blue Cosmos


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Monday, August 28, 2023

Dear Susan Weaver, The Ribbons Editor, and Ken Slaughter, Tanka Hangout Editor.

Thank you very much for choosing my works from among many members' works.


Tanka Hangout: Compassion

her row veering off
the peasant woman plants
tward her crying child

- Issa (1763-1828)


against the power.
the skinny frog
must be you, Issa ...
rooting for you


Selected Tanka

the name of that slope ...
shadow tag
with my mother
when her smile was young


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Monday, July 31, 2023

Mr. Edward Levinson, a haiku poet, and a photographer, invited me to participate in an open mic reading of "Drunk Poets Tokyo."

It is an event of a private poetry group hosted by Mr. Samm Bennett and Mr. Joy Waller.

Mr. Levinson and I belong to the Japan PEN club, where we got to know each other.

It was my first time taking part in this event, and it had been a while since my previous performance in Japan.

I had a great time with the participants as we were all inspired by each other's expressions. Thank you very much.


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Saturday, July 22, 2023

On July 11, 2023, the excellent painter Ms. Susan Dobey, whom I have known for a long time, invited me to her art gallery and gave a tanka reading performance for those who rarely have a chance to listen to tanka poetry.

I was very happy to have the opportunity to perform Tan-Ku's reading from DISTANCE, which I co-authored with Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji.

For background music, Mr. Rick Wilson played an old Native American vertical flute in addition to my percussion.
From Tan-Ku Collection, " DISTANCE"

In the Wind

wild dogs
can smell
our wildness
the traces of us
in ruined cities

   a mockingbird
   learns a new song

it might
be raining ashes
across the sea
across the border
settled in time

   wings of planes
   wings of birds
   no doves

for a twig of
shining green
forgogtten ark

   new skies
   condors return
   from near-extinction


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Wednesday, July 12, 2023

On July 6, 2023, I participated as a featured poet in "Poetry in Nature," a reading event organized by Ms. Teresa Mei Chuc of Shabda Press and Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji.

Two of our good friends, and excellent poets, Ms. Lois P. Jones and Ms. Mary Torregrossa, were delighted to participate in this event, which also served as a celebration of the publication of the book "DISTANCE," which I co-authored with Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji, published by Shabda Press.

20230706_02.png I am deeply grateful to them for their inspiring and healing performances.

Thank you to all those who participated in the open mic and to the audience who enjoyed it. Thank you very much.


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Friday, July 7, 2023

Red Lights Vol.19 No.2 published my English tanka.

My sincere thanks to the editor, Ms. Marilyn Hazelton.

Thank you very much. 



ring ring
a pay phone
in the ICU corridor,
midnight ...
Mother in my dream

ripen and shine
with sakura berries,
without an audience ...


It included the information in its announcement page about "DISTANCE," the Tan-Ku collection I co-authored with Ms. Debora P Kolodji.



Tuesday, July 4, 2023


On July 3rd, I participated in The Tanka Monday and had fulfilling time.

The program included many sessions such as creating Tanka on specific themes, exchanging opinions on presented Tanka, discussing the syllables of English Tanka, and 31 sound units of Japanese Tanka.

We looked into Tanka from various aspects and actively exchanged opinions.

Now I am looking forward to the next meeting in two years.


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Tuesday, July 4, 2023